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Weekly Events

Yoga Classes with Monica: every monday and thursday

Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session or $65.00 for the month.

Weekly Meditation Group: every wednesday

Now with free childcare in Starr King. Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. Kids are welcome to play with supervision while their grown-ups meditate. Email if you have any questions: maureen@ussb.org.


May

Great Decisions Meets on the first and third Wednesday

May 1: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
May 15: State of the State Department and Diplomacy

The Great Decisions series concludes on Wednesday, May 15 when we welcome special guest lecturer, Ambassador Derek Shearer, Professor of Diplomacy and Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Dr. Shearer was the U.S. Ambassador to Finland during the Clinton administration and is an active leader in diplomatic circles. He will examine the U.S. foreign policy under President Trump and how the country’s diplomatic resources have been misused and ignored. Everyone is welcome and if you want to fully appreciate the talk check in with John Warnock to pick up the reading list recommended by Professor Shearer. Also, we will be welcoming and thanking our prior speakers at the reception that follows. johnwwarnock@gmail.com

Join us in Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m. for our lecture and discussion. First time visitor? You are welcome! Check our Great Decisions page for more information. –John Warnock, Great Decisions Coordinator

Alliance Meets Friday, May 3

Cannabis: What’s Legal and What’s Not?
At the May 3 Alliance meeting we will hear from Matt Fore, senior assistant to the City Administrator of the City of Santa Barbara. Matt will present a brief primer on the forms of cannabis and their uses, and on the laws and ordinances at the various levels of government that regulate the raising, selling, and using of cannabis in its various forms. There will be time for your questions. You are invited to bring a healthy snack for the refreshments table. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend!

Join us on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Vegan Film Night Friday, May 10

The next Vegan Film Night will be Friday evening, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. The End of Meat is a new film by a German filmmaker that asks the question: what effects would a post-meat world have on the environment, the animals, and ourselves? Ranging widely, the filmmaker, Marc Pierschel, talks to vegan leaders in Germany, visits a fully vegetarian city in India, and observes future food innovators making meat and dairy without animals and harvesting “bacon” from the ocean. The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption, explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a plant-based diet, and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.

Town Hall Meeting on the Proposed Budget, Sunday, May 19

At our Sunday, June 2 Annual Meeting we will be asking you to approve the proposed budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020. Want to find out more about this budget, how it was created, and what is included? Come to our Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 19 between services to receive a presentation about this year’s projections and what is proposed for next fiscal year.

Immigration and Refugee Response Team Meets Sunday, May 19

Join us at 12:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall to organize for our September 7 fundraiser and concert in support of the Immigration Legal Defense Center (and possibly others). Potluck! Bring a dish to share while we organize into volunteer teams, delegate tasks, and get ready for the fantastic music of Kate Wallace and Dan Klegg and raise money to support our immigrant and refugee community.

Women’s Empowerment Project Film Showing Sunday, May 19

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday May 19 in Jefferson Hall, doors open at 5:00 p.m., film starts at 5:15. Free admission! Miss Representation is a film about the impact of media on women and young girls. It includes interviews with well-known figures such as Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, and Condoleezza Rice. If you have a pre-teen or teenage girl in your life, consider bringing her to the screening. There are teenage speakers in the film and information about the negative impact of media on this age group. Light refreshments will be served. Discussion and light refreshments will follow the film. We will finish at 7:15. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends. Sponsored by the Women’s Empowerment Project.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, May 20

Beginners QFT&C gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one.

Vegan Potluck Sunday, MAY 26

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our USSB monthly vegan potluck is a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@ religion.ucsb.edu. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.


June

2019 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE USSB MEMBERSHIP

On Sunday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. we will gather in Parish Hall for our annual meeting. This is your opportunity to participate in the democratic process that governs our congregational life. We will be celebrating the past year, looking ahead to next year, and honoring the people who make this congregation what it is. Members of the congregation will be asked to elect Board of Trustees & Nominating Committee members, adopt the annual budget, and share in celebration of our work this year. For more information on the Annual Meeting agenda, ballot items, and voting information please click here.

Alliance Meets Friday, June 7

Sandy Grasso-Boyd and Bill Boyd will share a slide show and video presentation about their trip to South Africa in 2015, including their stays with South African families and safaris to several parks. They will also speak about the history of apartheid and the political climate they found when there, and why they believed it led to the eclipse in popularity of now ex-president Zuma. All are welcome. Coffee and tea will be served. Your offering of a snack to share is appreciated. Note that the meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall this month.

Join us on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Our Chosen Faith: Book Study begins June 9

A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, by John A. Buehrens and Forrest Church, is a history of the denomination, with lively passages depicting the lives and ministries of important Unitarian-Universalist leaders such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Ellery Channing. Yet it is also a collection of testimonies by contemporary laypeople and ministers, who describe their churches’ responses to wide ranging questions from “How do I know when to get married?” to “How should the government treat single mothers?” The funny and wise introduction was written by Robert Fulghum, who indulges the often invoked criticism that Unitarian Universalism’s ideals are interchangeable with those of PBS. And, finally, it contains some straightforward explications of the denomination’s core principles. –Michael Joseph

The authors, towering leaders of our faith, present a summary of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist today, Buehrens and Church cover the history of Unitarian Universalism, and an informative look at what they call a “choice in religious living.” This they describe as affirming diversity, dialogue, personal choice, and work for social justice.

Three Sundays beginning June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Led by Nancy Edmundson, Ann Taves and Sara Sautter. Buy the book on Amazon here or from Powell’s here.

Solidarity and Compassion Meets Wednesday, June 12

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We are thrilled to partner with Radhule Wieniger to offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Vegan Potluck Sunday, June 16

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our USSB monthly vegan potluck is a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@ religion.ucsb.edu. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, June 17

Beginners QFT&C gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one.

Sounds of song & silence tuesday, june 18

Come enjoy the spirit of a meditative Taizé -like service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This service is designed to open our hearts and minds gently, with music as the primary worship vehicle. Join us for a quiet musical embrace that will enlighten and refresh. Open to the public.

Advance Care Directive Workshop meets wednesday, June 19

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.


Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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